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Issue #1456
by Jim Rose






Doug Mayes on the set of “Your Esso Reporter,” an early newscast on WBTV. (Photo: Observer archives)

Doug Mayes on the set of “Your Esso Reporter,” an early newscast on WBTV. (Photo: Observer archives)

Charlotte, NC broadcast legend Doug Mayes begins his career in his home state of Tennessee on a small radio station in Nashville, TN. As he serves in the U.S. Navy, he reports World War II news. In 1952, he moves on up to television as one of only six Esso Reporters to share the honor with Walter Cronkite. Doug Mayes who is WBTV TV CBS CH 3’s first full-time news anchor in Charlotte, NC dies at 93 early Sunday morning, October 18, 2015 from a stroke that he suffers in March.

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JOHNNY SHANNON’S MEMORIAL SERVICE For 50 years Johnny Shannon entertains radio listeners in New York City, Houston, San Antonio, Tulsa and Austin, TX. Sadly, Johnny passes away without life or burial insurance. Johnny’s memorial service cost is $2,500. To make a donation click Contact Johnny’s son John, Jr. at 210-719-0871. Johnny Shannon’s memorial service is 11:00 am Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Medical Center Baptist Church 7015 Wurzbach Road San Antonio, TX.

KILT FM’S 10 MAN JAM CBS Radio KILT FM (100.3) Houston, TX enters The Bull ring with its 10 Man Jam Country music line up as the biggest in its history. Ten of Country music’s biggest stars on Tuesday night, December 1, 2015. KILT FM’s Ten Man Jam includes Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Gary Allen, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Neimann and Maddie & Tae at the House of Blues to raise money for The Lone Survivor Foundation. The only way to win tickets is to tune in KILT FM.
AND THIS AIN’T NO BULL What is with all of this new bull shuffle on Country radio stations? Is there no one who has any originality? One Country radio station begins to boast about its bull and a half dozen others follow suit. In the San Antonio, TX market Alpha Media and iHeartMedia are both inside the bull ring with claims to The Bull brand. Alpha Media flips ESPN Deportes KHHL FM (103.1) Karnes City, TX to The Bull. Last week iHeart registers The Bull Country on its Classic Country KRPT FM (92.5) site in Devine, TX. Ole!

TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio station receives the first-ever commercial radio license? The answer appears below.


•JEFF SOTTOLANO CBS Radio Director of Programming since January 2014 moves on up to VP of Programming effective immediately. •JEFF GOLDBLATT 9 years FOX News Channel correspondent Chicago, IL until 2012 former KENS TV CBS CH 5 San Antonio, TX lead news anchor since August 2012 is new VP of Marketing for San Antonio’s Witte Museum. •CUMULUS flips Gospel WXQW-660 Mobile-Fairhope, AL to News/Talk. •WCIU TV CH 26 Chicago, IL releases morning show roving reporter/contributor Aly Bockler.


•1952 MAXINE NIGHTINGALE British Soul singer (Right Back Where We Started From #2-1976) born on November 2nd. •1961 K.D. LANG Country singer (2 Grammy awards) is born on November 2nd in Consort, Alberta. •1972 SEATTLE KINGDOME construction begins on November 2nd. •1985 THE JUDDS’ album Rockin’ With The Rhythm releases on RCA on October 30th. •1992 AIRBUS A330 1st test flight on November 2nd. •2006 BRAD PAISLEY’s video She’s Everything world premiere on CMT TV on November 2nd.


[Gentleman] JIM CARTER [KCBQ-1170/KNUS FM/WFAA-570/KONO-860/KLIF-1190/KXOL-1360] (San Antonio, TX) Johnny Shannon devoted his life to radio and passed away on October 26, 2015. For 50 years Johnny worked in New York City, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and other cities. Johnny’s production skills are legendary. He was known as the “surgeon general” in the operating room, (production room)…Johnny was also known as “Solid Gold” Shannon because his work on the air was sterling, Johnny was beloved and respected by all who knew him. He was the consummate gentleman. Unfortunately Johnny didn’t have a burial policy or life insurance. The memorial service will cost $7,000 and prayerfully will be held at the Sunset Funeral Home on Austin Highway when the funds are available. Johnny was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2010 and into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame in 2015. Anything you can do to help with the funeral expenses will very much appreciated. The monies raised will go to Johnny’s son, John Wayne Shannon Jr. who will provide the funeral home with the necessary expenses. In advance, thank you for anything you can do to provide Johnny “Solid Gold” Shannon with the kind of send off he so richly deserves. To contribute to the memory and legacy of one of the finest people we all had the privilege to know, please go to:

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LIZ PATRANELLA [Liz Houston – KTSA-550, KBAT-680] (Austin, TX) Subject: Johnny Shannon Services. Hello, Everyone, I have been speaking with Gentleman Jim Carter, who is generously giving his time and assistance to Johnny Shannon’s son during this difficult time. For anyone who missed it, Johnny passed away in his sleep Monday morning after a long battle with liver cancer. Yes, many of us were not even aware of his struggle … as he kept it mostly to himself in that quiet, unassuming way of his. Because Johnny had no life or burial insurance, his son, John Jr., is in need of some assistance to pay for basic funeral arrangements. After much discussion and careful consideration, he has determined he needs $2500 to take care of his dad and give him a meaningful memorial service. A website has been set up where you can make donations … many of you already have (and thank you all for your generosity). Donations have currently reached $1,450. Please give what you can if you are so moved. Even small dollar amounts will help. To donate, go to: And, if anyone reading this knows people at KTSA, please ask them to consider doing the same (I don’t have any emails for the current employees who worked with Johnny). The Memorial Service for Johnny has been moved from November 14 so that it will not conflict with the Texas Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being held that day in Austin. The service is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, at 11:00 am at Medical Center Baptist Church, 7015 Wurzbach Road. Thank you all for your support of the Shannon family at this time. We’ll miss you, Johnny! Liz

TRIVIA ANSWER: On October 27, 1920 Westinghouse’s Class A clear-channel KDKA-1020 in East Pittsburgh, PA receives the first-ever commercial radio license.


JAY WEST [KILT-610/KODA FM/KRIO-910] (Houston, TX) Subject: Johnny Shannon. Jim, When did Johnny Shannon work at KILT? Seems to me there was a Johnny Shannon on the air at KILT when I first went to work there in late 1971. Could this be the same JS whom you wrote about in the current newsletter??? If it was, he worked mid days I believe, and left shortly after I started in December, ’71. I replaced Rick Shaw. I remember him as low key, and extremely courteous. Thanks Jim for your responses, and am sorry to hear of his passing!!! Regards, Jay West

RICHARD PUZ (June 5, 1919 – April 30, 1994) [From an Irish headstone] Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

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